Bach Choir of Bethlehem: Christmas Concerts


The Bach Choir of Bethlehem Christmas Concerts
J.S. Bach & Ottorino Respighi
PLEASE JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE the miracle and joy of Christmas through these seasonal pieces
by Bach and Respighi.
Saturday | December 8, 2018 at 8pm
First Presbyterian Church, Allentown

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Cantata 63 Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, (Christians
all, this happy day) Brilliant and celebratory with four trumpets, Bach composed this piece for the Christmas Day service in 1723.

Cantata 36 Schwingt freudig euch empor (Soar joyfully aloft), composed for the first Sunday of Advent,
this piece includes an exquisite lullaby for soprano accompanied by muted violin.

Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936)
Violinist, composer and musicologist, Respighi’s compositions paint vivid pictures of the places or images that inspired them.
Laud to the Nativity: Renaissance motifs in this piece tell the story of Jesus’ birth, scored for the brilliant wood-wind players of The Bach Festival Orchestra, plus solo parts for the Angel, the Virgin Mary and the Shepherd. The Bach Choir gives voice to the Angels and Shepherds; orchestration includes two flutes, oboe, English horn, two bassoons, triangle and piano four-hands.

Ellen McAteer, soprano | Fiona Gillespie, soprano Daniel Taylor, countertenor | Charles Blandy, tenor Christópheren Nomura, baritone